Petersen was a convener of people, known on multiple continents as a careful thinker, dynamic speaker, and dapper dresser.
The convener was a bit of a heretic himself and, consequently, carried a tender heart toward them.
I said, "Will you write the convener to that effect, or let me do so?"
"Certainly there was no time lost in this case," replied the convener.
He repeated the passage, halting at the speech of the convener of the trades, but was evidently vexed at the temporary breakdown.
The Assembly's convener found him in the midst of an orderly confusion of papers of different sorts.
Any missionary who had worked in his Presbytery would recognize the convener in the dark by that chuckle.
"There is a terrible state of things in the eastern division, I fear, from all reports," replied the convener.